THE Country Fire Authority is warning farmers to exercise caution with the cutting, baling, and storage of hay. CFA acting chief Garry Cook said haystacks posed a fire danger which could occupy crucial firefighting resources.
Haystack fires can start from lightning strikes, sparks from equipment and machinery, or spontaneous combustion of the haybales themselves.
CFA crews responded to 86 haystack fires in Victoria last year. More information about fire safety can be found at cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare